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My first rodeo??

Post by RichBirdHunter on Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:17 pm



I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.. the first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up-- 3 of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold.

The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards it, it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope .., and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope.

That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer-- no chance.

That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals.

A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope.

I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual.

Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer's momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in. I didn't want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand..kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back.

Did you know that deer bite?

They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when ... I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head--almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.

The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective.

It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose.

That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal --like a horse --strikes at you with their hooves and you can't get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.

This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.

Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.

I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away. So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds. All these events are true so help me God...
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by billarrington on Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:26 pm

rofl,,,,,omg....rofl....im so sorry...rofl....if it is indeed true...rofl....im sorry for your bumps and bruises....rofl...but im laughing with u not at u.....rofl...that just made my day,week,month.... Spew Coffee Redneck ...please dont be mad at me but that is so damn funny..(to me) ...seriously if it did happen to you i hope your ok...and better luck next time.....bill

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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by Retired Navy on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:07 pm

Rich - I hope your alright with no major injures. Here's a little video you might like.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15ut0KUHO9E
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by fletch_medic on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:13 pm

I was seriously having the worst day in a long time, that really helped. Thanks. Next time, try a badger. I bet you could handle one of them. Razz
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by eagle60 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:16 pm

ROFLMAO ! I had read this several months ago and loved it then. It's still just as funny now. Dude has definately got a way to paint the picture in your mind !!!
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by fletch_medic on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:21 pm

I promise to do my part to rid the world of these problem creatures.

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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by RichBirdHunter on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:35 pm

eagle60 wrote:ROFLMAO ! I had read this several months ago and loved it then. It's still just as funny now. Dude has definately got a way to paint the picture in your mind !!!

Yes it's a good story, it's not mine but it plays better in the first person.
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by dartfreak75 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:47 am

thats the funniest thing iv heard in a while thats hilarious
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by sdsviper on Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:58 am

ROFLMAO You have made my list of don't eat or drink while reading your post list.
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by brow_tines on Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:52 pm

First time I've had liquid squirt out of my nose in a long time.


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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by Aussie on Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:41 pm

This is the funniest thing i have heard for a while....Still wiping the tears away from laughter....
And people say females do funny and silly things.....I cant beat that.... Spew Coffee
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Post by billarrington on Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:48 pm

im glad it wasnt you !!!! but it makes you wonder if someone tried it or someone is an excellent writer ????

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Post by RichBirdHunter on Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:53 pm

billarrington wrote:im glad it wasnt you !!!! but it makes you wonder if someone tried it or someone is an excellent writer ????

I don't know but your response was priceless, and it put a big smile on my face.
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by fletch_medic on Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:39 pm

It reminds me of this story I got about a year ago. Thought it would go nicely in this thread.


We have the standard 6ft. fence in the backyard, and a few months ago, I heard about burglaries increasing dramatically in the entire city. To make sure this never happened to me, I got an electric fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence. Actually, I got the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26 miles of fence. I then used an 8 ft. long ground rod, drove 7.5 feet into the ground. The ground rod is the key, with the more you have in the ground, the better the fence works.

One day I'm mowing the back yard with my cheapo Wal-Mart 6hp big-wheel pushmower.

The fence' s hot wire is broken and laying out in the yard, but I knew for a fact that I unplugged the charger.

I pushed the mower around the wire and reached down to grab it, to throw it out of the way.

It seems as though I hadn't remembered to unplug it after all.

Now I'm standing there, I've got the running lawnmower in my right hand and the 1.7 gigavolt fence wire in the other hand. Keep in mind the charger is about the size of a marine battery and has a picture of an upside down cow on fire on the cover.

Time stood still.

The first thing I notice is my balls trying to climb up the front side of my body. My ears curled downwards and I could feel the lawnmower ignition firing in the backside of my brain. Every time that Briggs & Stratton rolled over, I could feel the spark in my head. I was literally at one with the engine. It seems as though the fence charger and the POS lawnmower were fighting over who would control my electrical impulses.

Science says you cannot poop and pee at the same time. I beg to differ. Not only did I do all at once, but my bowels emptied 3 different times in less than half of a second. It was a Matrix kind of bowel movement, where time is creeping along and you're all leaned back.

It seemed like there were minutes in between but in reality it was so close together it was like exhaust pulses from a big block Chevy turning 8 grand.

At this point I'm about 30 minutes (maybe 2 seconds) into holding onto the fence wire. My hand is wrapped around the wire palm down so I can ' t let go.

I grew up on a farm so I know all about electric fences ... but Dad always had those POS chargers made by International or whoever that were like 9 volts and just kinda tickled. This I could not let go of. The 8 foot long ground rod is now accepting signals from me through the permadamp Alaska river bottom soil.

At this point I'm thinking I'm going to have to just man up and take it, until the lawnmower runs out of gas.

'Damn!,' I think, as I remember I just filled the tank!

Now the lawnmower is starting to run rough. It has settled into a loping run pattern as if it had some kind of big lawnmower race cam in it. Covered in poop and pee, and with my balls on my chest I think 'Oh God please die... pleeeeze die'.

But nooooo, it settles into the rough lumpy cam idle nicely and remains there, like a big bore roller cam EFI motor waiting for the go command from its owner's right foot.

So here I am in the middle of July, 104 degrees, 80% humidity, standing in my own backyard, begging God to kill me. God did not take me that day ... he left me there covered in my own fluids to writhe in the misery my own stupidity had created.

I honestly don't know how I got loose from the wire ... I woke up laying on the ground hours later. The lawnmower was beside me, out of gas. It was later on in the day and I was sunburned. There were two large dead grass spots where I had been standing, and then another long skinny dead spot were the wire had laid while I was on the ground still holding on to it. I assume I finally had a seizure and in the resulting thrashing had somehow let go of the wire.

Upon waking from my electrically induced sleep I realized a few things.

1 - Three of my teeth seem to have melted.

2 - I now have cramps in the bottoms of my feet and my right butt cheek (not the left, just the right).

3 - Poop & pee when mixed together, do not smell as bad as you might think.

4 - My left eye will not open.

5 - My right eye will not close.

6 - The lawnmower runs like a spotted ape now. Seriously! I think our little session cleared out some carbon fouling or something, because it was better than new after that.

7 - My balls are still smaller than average yet they are almost a foot long

8 - I can turn on the TV in the gameroom by farting while thinking of the number 4 (still don't understand this?)

That day changed my life. I now have a newfound respect for things. I appreciate the little things more, and now I always triple check to make sure the fence is unplugged before I mow.

The good news, is that if a burglar does try to come over the fence, I can clearly visualize what my security system will do to him, and THAT gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, which also reminds me to triple check before I mow.
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by Aussie on Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:34 am

WOW tears are rolling down my face.......This would only have to happen in America.....
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by RichBirdHunter on Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:32 am

Aussie wrote:WOW tears are rolling down my face.......This would only have to happen in America.....
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Re: My first rodeo??

Post by sdsviper on Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:49 pm

Man that was to good took me 10 min to see to type. My employes think I lost my mind. I think they may have called the funny farm to come get me.
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Post by Aussie on Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:22 pm

Still as funny as the first time I read it.....LMAO.....
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